Nathaniel Gist III, known to all as "Nat," died on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at the age of 71, surrounded by his family.

Nat was born in South Carolina to Nathaniel and Isabel Gist. He grew up in Sumter, achieved Eagle Scout and graduated from Edmunds High School. He went on to graduate from the University of South Carolina, where he was in the Chi Psi Fraternity. Nat began his 25-year career with a multi-national pharmaceutical company, working his way up to National Sales Director. He was at the forefront of the telemedicine industry and went on to found a telemedicine company, helping to expand access to medical care.

Nat thoroughly enjoyed traveling over the years with his wife, children and later their spouses and children, including trips across the United States and various islands. His greatest joy was becoming a grandfather to his two energetic grandsons, as well as bragging about his children's achievements.

Nat is survived by his wife of 45 years, daughter, son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. He is also survived by his mother, Isabel Gist of Sumter; sister, Ellen Gist Hill (Hugh) of Sumter; and a brother, Robert "Bob" Gist (Sharon) of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Nat's last advice was "Count on each other and love your family. In the end, that is all that really matters."

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Obituary courtesy of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.